Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Curragh 4th May 2015

The Stewards authorised the following substitutions of riders at this meeting:

M.C. Hussey replaced C. O'Donoghue on Jeremy's Girl, trained by Lester Winters (Race 6)(Unwell)

095C Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes

F.M. Berry, rider of Alive Alive Oh (GB) trained by T. Stack, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount became unbalanced about 100 yards from the finish and was eased from thereon.

The Stewards requested a report from Charles O'Brien, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Iveagh Gardens, placed first, as compared with its previous run. Charles O'Brien reported that his charge had run a good race until tiring about one and a half furlongs from the finish here at the Curragh 29th March whereas today the very testing underfoot conditions may have suited her more than her fellow competitors and she appeared to stay on well inside the final furlong under a very good ride from N.G. McCullagh. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

095D PG Duffy & Sons Citroen H'cap

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of My Painter, ridden by M.C. Hussey, and trained by Denis Gerard Hogan. Evidence was heard from the trainer and rider concerned. Denis Gerard Hogan, trainer, stated that that this filly had run twice in Ireland since being purchased in the U.K. He advised the Stewards that she had fractured her pelvis as a two year old and appeared to be of average ability. He stated that he had instructed the rider to pop out of stalls and let her find her feet, get her into a rhythm and to do his best but was not to use the whip unless one or two hits were necessary as she was genuine and gives her best. He added that he was delighted with the run but thought that she should have won if the rider had been more forceful in the closing stages. M.C. Hussey, rider, confirmed the instructions as stated by the trainer and added that he got a good clear run along the rails and had Northern Surprise ridden by D.P. McDonogh in his sights as the only horse that had to be passed to achieve a victory. He admitted that he never saw the winner Bobby Jean racing on the far side until he had reached the winning post and therefore took full responsibility for losing a race that he should have won. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that My Painter was post race normal. The Stewards ordered that samples be taken from My Painter for analysis. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation of Denis Gerard Hogan, trainer. They were, however, satisfied that M.C. Hussey was in breach of Rule 212 (a)(i) by he failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse was given a full opportunity to win or of obtaining her best possible place and consequently suspended M.C. Hussey for 14 racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee.

The Stewards requested a report from Denis Gerard Hogan, trainer as to the apparent improvement in form of My Painter, placed second, as compared with its recent form. The trainer reported that this filly ran very keen on her most recent start but had begun to settle well at home during all exercise. He added that he was surprised with today's very good run and had originally thought that she needed better underfoot conditions. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

095F Keadeenhotel.ie H'cap

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Crafted Mastery, trained by Mrs D.A.Love, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

The Stewards requested a report from Lester Winters, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Jeremy's Girl, placed second, as compared with its previous run. The trainer reported that Jeremy's Girl reappeared recently at the Curragh after a 29 month absence on good to yielding ground where she jumped out smartly but led on a strong pace and tired quickly whereas today she was racing on her preferred heavy ground and raced in front at a steady pace. He added that her two previous victories at Naas and Down Royal were achieved on heavy ground similar to today's conditions. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.



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